Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media's chief political correspondent. A vice-president of the National Press Club, he regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and other televsion and radio programs. He has reported from Canberra under five prime ministers (and counting) and even more opposition leaders.

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Malcolm Turnbull's 'opportunity in disguise' can't hide failure of first ministry

Mark Kenny By definition, the biggest question posed by Malcolm Turnbull's emergency election-year reshuffle cannot be answered yet.

Minister dumped as Malcolm Turnbull keeps snap poll option alive

Before the fall: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is all smiles the day before the sacking of Stuart Robert.

Mark Kenny Malcolm Turnbull has lost his third minister in as many months, but an imminent reshuffle, and a possible breakthrough on Senate voting reform may yet clear the way for an early...

Tensions emerge between Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison as PM dumps Stuart Robert

Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull: overseeing the long tax debate.

Mark Kenny Embattled minister to be sacked as tensions simmer between Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison.

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Barnaby Joyce elected Nationals leader

If the hat fits... outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and his replacement Barnaby Joyce.

Mark Kenny Barnaby Joyce has been elected as the leader of the Nationals in a party room meeting in Canberra, following Warren Truss' decision to retire.

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Malcolm Turnbull forced to reshuffle as Barnaby Joyce rises

Leaving: Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at Parliament House on Thursday.

Mark Kenny Malcolm Turnbull has ended his most tumultuous day as Prime Minister with a new Deputy Prime Minister, another minister hanging on by his fingernails, and the pressing need for an unscheduled...

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'World War III': Downer and Wilson battle it out to replace Andrew Robb

Adam Gartrell, Richard Willingham and Mark Kenny The race to replace outgoing Trade Minister Andrew Robb in his blue-ribbon Liberal seat "will be World War III" as frontrunners Georgina Downer and Tim Wilson and a swath of other contenders battle...

Andrew Robb all but endorses Alexander Downer's daughter Georgina to replace him

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Adam Gartrell and Mark Kenny Outgoing Trade Minister Andrew Robb has indicated he wants to see a woman replace him in his Melbourne seat, all but endorsing Georgina Downer - daughter of former foreign minister Alexander Downer -...

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Ministerial exodus unbalances Malcolm Turnbull's team

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Mark Kenny What's going on? Suddenly, the smooth and toboganable brow of the Turnbull administration is furrowed as a series of ministerial crises, dismissals and resignations wreaks havoc.

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Warren Truss resignation set to spark power games in Nationals, while Andrew Robb also set to quit

Nationals Leader Warren Truss may bring forward an announcement on his future to Thursday.

Mark Kenny, James Massola Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Warren Truss will announce his retirement on Thursday, with Trade Minister Andrew Robb set to follow.

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Privatising Medicare a gift for Labor

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time. He has given Labor a consolation prize with Medicare after taking the GST off the table.

Mark Kenny For conservative governments at least, Medicare is pretty much a no-go-zone. They're seen as reluctant conscripts to universal health insurance raising legitimate concerns about their...

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Medicare and other government payments to be privatised

John Deeble says the outsourcing suggestion would not alter Medicare but would profit the private sector.

Mark Kenny, Jane Lee, Adam Gartrell The Turnbull government is preparing to privatise a swath of government payments in a bid to drag the Commonwealth's under-funded and outdated payment delivery systems into the digital age.

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Public servant steps over the line to lecture media about overstepping

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Mark Kenny More evidence on Monday, courtesy of an extraordinary overreach by secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Mike Pezzullo, that Australia's harsh and secretive border...

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Malcolm Turnbull's tax two-step: focus shifts to super, rental properties, expenses

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time on Monday.

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Longstanding tax breaks for superannuation contributions and investment properties are in the frame as the Turnbull government scrambles for alternative revenue sources to fund vote-winning income...

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Unions to look at radical options to arrest declining membership

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Mark Kenny Australia's once all powerful trade unions are considering a raft of radical changes to their business model to attract new members as their industrial might wanes and with it their...

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Liberal MP floats radical plan to cut income taxes for middle income families as GST debate rages

Liberal MP Dan Tehan's plan would almost certainly involve higher prices through an increased GST.

James Massola, Mark Kenny Liberal MP Dan Tehan has called for major changes to the tax system that would slash income tax for millions Australians and create a simpler, flatter tax system.

Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison face backbench backlash if Liberals hike GST

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer arrive for question time on Wednesday.

Mark Kenny, James Massola Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison are facing a backbench revolt over a possible hike in the GST to 15 per cent, with opposition in government ranks hardening against a move...

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Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison face backbench backlash if Liberals hike GST

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer arrive for question time on Wednesday.

James Massola, Mark Kenny Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison are facing a backbench revolt over a possible hike in the GST to 15 per cent, with opposition in government ranks hardening against a move...

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National anti-corruption body needed: voters

ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said:

Mark Kenny Fewer than a quarter of Australian voters share the Coalition government's view that unions are more corrupt than other organisations, such as government bodies, political parties, and business,...

Paul Keating slams a bigger GST as faux reform but admits hospital funding crisis

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating in his offices in Potts Point.

Mark Kenny Paul Keating says raising the GST would be "fiscal folly" that would only feed the bad spending habits of politicians.

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Rare odd couple offers Malcolm Turnbull an historic opportunity

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Mark Kenny Along with his popular NSW counterpart, Mike Baird, Jay Weatherill is playing a difficult, potentially game-changing role in a risky conversation over tax reform